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For a couple years I've been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason: I'm tired because I'm overworked. The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work. There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.
Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.
Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And you're sitting at your computer reading jokes!!!
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#4980 - "The Dark and Lonely Stretches" Romans 8:39
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When you're a 5-year-old girl, going dark places alone can be pretty scary. When my wife was that age, she lived in the country and she had this long, often dark, road that she walked to get to the school bus. Part of the way, there was a grandma, and then a neighbor who watched and waved at her as long as she was in sight. See, it was that last stretch that was the problem. Trees covering that road, making it dark on the sunniest day, and the sounds in the woods that reminded her of the wild critters that lived in their area. She told me how, "There was one thing that got me through that stretch every day. I sang this little song, 'Jesus loves me, this I know.'"
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Dark and Lonely Stretches."
It was years later when my honey's beloved grandfather was 94 years old. Little did we know that one particular call to him would be her last. It was brief - it was memorable. Granddad was at the point where he often didn't recognize even the people closest to him even though they had a pretty small family. When my wife called, she identified herself, and he responded, "I don't know who this is." She again gave her name and reminded him that she was his granddaughter, the daughter of his only son. Just a chuckle on the other end, and Granddad said, "I don't know who this is." Then, when she told him she loved him, he seemed a little embarrassed, and still without a clue as to who this woman was.
That's when my wife said, "Well, Granddad, that's OK. All that matters is that you know that Jesus loves you." We'll never forget his suddenly animated response: "Now Him I know!" Think about it: a scared little girl, walking a stretch she had to walk alone; a grandfather, walking that final stretch of life so many have to walk alone. Each of them, at opposite ends of life, finding their anchor in the same place - in the same person - in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
He wants to be your anchor for every dark and lonely stretch you will ever walk - including that final stretch. The one the Bible calls "the valley of the shadow of death." The writer of that 23rd Psalm put it this way, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me." One "unloseable" relationship that not even death can interrupt. The one you were made for that you were never meant to lose.
The Bible says of Jesus that we were all "created by Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16). Problem: we haven't lived for Him. We've chosen to usurp the throne of our life, to do what we want, not what God wants. So life is lonely and meaningless because we're away from the One we were made for. And only the death of the Son of God could pay the penalty for our sin.
And how do you know you can count on Jesus for every stretch of the road? Our word for today from the Word of God in Romans 8:39, "Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." That's your ironclad promise from the one who's never broken a promise.
He's come where you are today, offering you this relationship that He actually died to give you. If He wouldn't turn His back on you when loving you meant dying for you, He will never turn His back on you. But you have to open your life to Him. Trust Him totally. Tell Him, "Jesus, You're my only hope. I'm Yours." That's how your anchor relationship with Jesus begins. If you're ready for that, I'd love to send you my booklet about beginning that relationship called Yours For Life, if you'll just let me know you want it.
This is the only love that will not desert you, will not divorce you, will not disappoint you, and will not die on you. From the moment you give yourself to Jesus, He will walk with you every step of the way - all the way to heaven.
If you're not sure you belong to Jesus, and you would like to make sure today, Ron would like to send to you a free copy of the booklet, "Yours for Life: How to Have Life's Most Important Relationship." To read it online, click here: http://www.yoursforlife.net/
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